Someone once said, "Pay as much attention to the positive things in your life as the ones that give you trouble."
Today, before Paul Baby headed out toward Sears in search of another super Sunday, I heard the old hound dog's cry for pie. Since he is a pretty nice guy that gives me little grief, I honored his request, without hesitation. Now he shall have his pie!
I hope he doesn't mind that I chose raisin pie over peach this time. If he does, Paul Baby can polish off the peanut butter cookies that tumbled off of the cookie sheets last week.
I'm talking jumbo cookies, each a handful.
Of course, tonight, he must put away some ham hock and pinto beans and more, first.
Oh brother, he smiles, frowns and gurgles like a baby when he eats that fare.
Last week, I remarked that we were short of a calendar for 2009.
Thanks to the fine folks at Riddell National Bank, and my sister Sandra Gallardo, that little problem is no more.
Both will be used as daily planners and appointment keepers. Sandra's contribution is titled, "Friends of Goose Pond 2009."
In 2000, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) purchased the easement from the former landowner. The restoration efforts that began include more than 30 miles of earthen dikes, 400 tree plantings, 1,400 acres of prairie restoration, nearly 5,000 acres of shallow water wetlands and a permanent 2,750 acres shallow water impoundment.
The Indiana Department of Resources, with the help of many partners, purchased the 8,034 acres of property in 2005.
The land is a glacier basin located in Greene County, near Linton. The total area of open shallow water is 3,960 acres.
Why is the project so necessary?
It provides a critical migrating and wintering waterfowl habitat.
A survey conducted by IDNR accounted for 50,000 ducks using the nearby Wabash River bottoms when flooded.
Migratory waterfowl will use the area in the spring as a staging area for northbound birds needing a high protein diet for successful nesting.
It is expected to become an important feeding and resting area for herons, egrets and Greater Sandhill Crane.
Nesting of bitterns and rails is anticipated as well. Perhaps osprey and northern harriers will visit the area.
Marshland fur-bearers, such as beaver muskrat and mink will increase, as habitat becomes available.
The Northern Crawfish Frog has already been using the site.
There has been 400 tree plantings and more than 1,300 acres of native prairie grass plantings so far, and no doubt, far more work than was documented by the ambitious group on their beautiful pictorial calendar.
If you would like to learn more about this project, visit the DNR barn north of State Road 59 south of Linton, or log on to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why am I so excited about the monumental undertaking of this project? Read on.
The mission statement on the back reads, "Friends of Goose Pond is a not-for-profit organization established to support the goals of wildlife conservation and habitat restoration at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife area through environmental education, scientific research and recreational activities and programs."
This nature lover need not say more, other than, no doubt, God is smiling too.
Don't forget to keep the bird feeders in your space filled to capacity during the cold days ahead.
Provide the proper housing for your pets and feed them a little extra if you can spare it. Keep the water fresh and fluid.
If your charges are running at large, please reconsider their freedom to do so.
Think of the perils that they face while you sleep on the job.
Think of the problems you will have if your "pet" bites someone, because he or she is in a bad mood, lost, hungry, frightened and or will the helpless canine(s) or feline(s) be dealt with in a humane way?
Well folks, think positive. Smile and may your troubles be small or not at all.
I can be reached at 446-4852 or drop me a line to 613 N. Elm St., brazil, 47834, or by e-mail at email@example.com.